Avid Media Composer Adrenaline HD Version ReadMe

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Important Information

Avid recommends that you read all the information in this ReadMe file thoroughly before using any new software version.

This document describes hardware and software requirements and provides any special notes that Avid feels are important for you to know. This document also lists known problems and limitations.

Latest ReadMe

From time to time, information may be added even after this ReadMe is complete. For the most up-to-date ReadMe, check the Knowledge Base at http://www.avid.com/readme.

Date Revised Changes Made

June 9, 2005 Included additional fixed bugs on page 8.

Included additional Audio, Digital Cut, and Workgroup Known Issues on page 28, page 30 and page 37.



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Latest Drive Striping Tables

To find the latest striping tables:

1. Access the Knowledge Base at www.avid.com/onlinesupport/. 2. Click Documentation.

3. Select Local Storage from the Avid Product menu. 4. Type “striping tables” in the Search for text box. 5. Click the Title Only radio button in the Search Type. 6. Click Search.


Revision History


Revision History. . . 1

Changes for version 2.1.5 . . . 5

Workgroup Support. . . 5

Mouse Scroll Wheel Support . . . 5

XDCAM Improvements . . . 7

Fixed Bugs . . . 8

Previous Fixes . . . 10

Additional Information . . . 13

New Features for Version 2.1 . . . 15

If You Need Help . . . 17

Hardware and Software Requirements . . . 17

Avid DNxcel Board Installation . . . 17

Hardware Setup . . . 17

Slot Configurations . . . 18

Installing the Software. . . 18

Installing Windows Media Format Runtime Libraries . . . 19

Installing Avid QuickTime Codecs on a Non-Avid Editor System . . . 19

Avid System Configuration Requirements . . . 19

Qualified Platforms . . . 20

Unity Client Configuration Notes . . . 20

Starting the Application . . . 20

Qualified Graphics Card . . . 20

NVIDIA Card Not Installed . . . 21

Setting up the NVIDIA Card . . . 22

Adjusting Graphics Controls in the NVIDIA Settings. . . 24

Workgroup Support . . . 25


Panasonic P2 Support . . . 26

XDCAM Support . . . 26

Configuring PCI Bus with the Avid Adrenaline . . . 26

FireWire Cable Requirements . . . 26

Disabling Automatic Software Updates. . . 27

Completing Your System Setup . . . 27

Limitations. . . 28

Additional Information . . . 39

Documentation Changes . . . 39

Installing Software Drivers . . . 43

Formatting and Striping MediaDrives. . . 46

Installing Command|8 Drivers on a Windows System . . . 47

Setting Screen Resolution . . . 47

Suggestions for Optimum Performance . . . 48

Extending Your Usable Address Space and Adding RAM for Improved Performance . . . 50


Changes for version 2.1.5

Changes for version 2.1.5

The following changes have been incorporated into the Avid Media Composer Adrenaline HD version 2.1.5 release.

Workgroup Support

Support for OMF and MXF media in a Workgroup environment is available in this release. See “Workgroup Support” on page 25.

Mouse Scroll Wheel Support

A new setting has been added to the editing application that allows you to use the scroll wheel of your mouse. The Mouse Settings dialog box allows you to set the speed of scrolling with the mouse wheel within the editing application. You can also assign functions to 3 additional mouse buttons.

If you use a mouse with a wheel or additional buttons, use the following procedures to set the wheel speed and to assign functions to the additional mouse buttons.


You cannot assign functions to the standard left and right mouse buttons.

Setting up the Mouse Scroll Wheel

To set the mouse scroll speed:

1. Double-click Mouse Settings in the Settings list of the Project window. The Mouse Settings dialog box opens.


2. Select a speed from the Vertical Scroll Speed menu.

Normal is the default setting. Normal scrolls one item at a time. Moderate scrolls two items at a time, and Fast scrolls 4 items at a time.

To assign functions to additional mouse buttons:

1. Double-click Mouse Settings in the Settings list of the Project window. The Mouse Settings dialog box opens.

2. Select Tools > Command Palette. The Command palette opens.

3. Select Button to Button Reassignment at the bottom of the Command palette. 4. Click the tab from which you want to select a user-selectable button.

5. Click the mouse, and drag the button from the Command palette to a button location on the Mouse Settings dialog box.

This is helpful if you want to assign certain functions to additional mouse buttons. For example, mouse button 3 can have a button function assigned to it. The buttons pressed along with the Shift, Ctrl, or Alt key can also have additional assigned functions.


Be careful when mapping the mouse buttons. Make certain that the modifier key that you are assigning to the button and command doesn't already have an alternate function.

Using the Mouse Scroll Wheel in the Editing Application

The Mouse scroll wheel can be used in a number of ways within the application. Scroll Wheel Functions

Using the Scroll Wheel

function Action Result

In any window or function area with a vertical scroll bar, such as a Bin

Press Ctrl + scroll wheel Scrolls through items.

In the Timeline Press Ctrl + scroll wheel Moves the position bar one frame at a time.


Changes for version 2.1.5

XDCAM Improvements

Several performance and workflow improvements for XDCAM have been completed.

XDCAM Import Improvements

The speed of XDCAM high-res and proxy import via Firewire has been greatly improved.

XDCAM Workflow Improvements

The following changes have been made to the XDCAM Import Setting tab. The first checkbox “Force Import of both Proxy & High-resolution” is a

simplification of the previous “Override import selection” setting. If the checkbox is checked, both proxy and high-resolution versions of the selected file are imported. If not, only the selected file is imported.

• The checkbox “Only import clips with Good Shot Flag” has been added. In the Sony proxy browser software, users can flag clips with certain descriptive values. Selecting this checkbox in our application will restrict XDCAM imports to only those clips described with the OK or KP (keep) flag.

Press Ctrl + Alt + scroll wheel

Moves the position bar 10 frames at a time

In a tool or window containing a slider (for example, the Effect Editor).


This does not apply to pop-up sliders.

Press Ctrl + scroll wheel Moves the slider one unit at a time.

Press Ctrl + Alt + scroll wheel

Moves the slider 10 units at a time.

Scroll Wheel Functions

Using the Scroll Wheel


• A new dropdown, “Import Audio Channels” has been added. This sets the maximum number of audio channels to import. For example, if a file has 8 channels of audio, the user can select 2 from this drop down and only the first 2 channels of audio will be imported. The values that can be selected are: 2, 4, 6, and 8.

• The disk label can now be changed in the bin column.

Fixed Bugs

The following fixes have been incorporated into the Avid Media Composer Adrenaline HD version 2.1.5 release.

An Access Violation error occurred when doing a “Checkin All Bins” with

SuperBin turned on. You no longer get an Access Violation error when checking in all bins.

A “CM OFFSET OUT OF RANGE” error may have occurred when trying to open a bin. This has been fixed.

Sampling colors within the Paint Effect caused color shift with subsequent samples. This has been fixed.

AES Channels 1 and 2 could be phase shifted from word clock out. AES channels 3 and 4 could also be phase shifted from word clock and also phase shifted from channels 1 and 2. This has been fixed.

When working with HD, the luma and Chroma were clipped in preview mode only. (Full quality did not clip).Now, the full range of video is seen in all quality modes.

Timewarp effects in an HD sequence became unrendered when consolidated. This has been fixed.

Sequences containing rendered EQ’s did not correctly render from In to Out if dissolves were added. This has been fixed.

A “Menu Resource” error occurred when trying to modify a title or open the title tool after changing projects. This has been fixed.


Changes for version 2.1.5

Titles using saved templates did not maintain changes after being modified. This has been fixed.

When you saved a modified title, the previously set crop setting did not remain. This has been fixed.

Previously, a tape name could not be modified for an imported master clip. The tape name can now be changed.

The following FilmScribe improvements have been implemented: • The handling of files has improved with the following changes:

When you select Preview, you are prompted for a folder to save the html files. If the folder is not empty, you can CANCEL. If OK, the appropriate files are created in the folder. We no longer delete old files in that folder, although we do overwrite files with the same name as new ones.

File names now contain the sequence name (“Title” field in the UI). Non alphanumerics are removed first. For example, the Assemble TabbedList for the sequence ABC123 would be ABC123_Assm.txt (formerly just

Assemble.txt). This applies to html files also. Hyperlinks in the WebLists reflect the changed names as well.

If previewing WebLists, the default browser is opened and the first selected list is displayed.

If previewing TabbedLists, a dialog box opens giving the folder name and a choice of OK or SHOW. Choosing SHOW will launch the OS file folder display. You can double-click any of the .txt files to view them.

• FilmScribe required the user to have Administrative privileges. The FilmScribe user no longer has to have Administrative privileges.

• When the Show Prefix option is deselected, the key number prefix is not displayed in the cutlist.

• An additional option has been added to the FilmScribe locators options. The option to “Print only those events that contain locators” has been added.

The editing application did not recognize the P2 folder structure on disks unless they were on a P2 card. The editor now recognizes the P2 folder structure on any volume. If you copy a P2 card to an existing media drive so that the Contents directory is at the root of the volume, that drive will be recognized as a P2 media


treated as read only media directories. The best way to copy a P2 drive to another drive is to make a directory on the target drive, copy the entire contents of the P2 card to that directory, and then map that directory to a drive letter using the subst command. For information on mapping a directory using the subst command, see the documentation provided with your computer system. This will allow a drive to contain both P2 and normal media directories.

10-bit renders of Color Correction effects produced artifacts. This has been fixed.

Switching from an HD project to an SD film project, the film and 24P settings do not appear.

Workaround: Change the user profile and the film settings will appear, or quit the

project and then reopen the project. The film settings will appear.

Previous Fixes

Avid Media Composer Adrenaline HD has been updated to include the following fixes:

After you consolidated a sequence that contained rendered timewarp effects, the timewarp effects became unrendered.

When checking in Timewarp effect templates into MediaManager you might have received this error message “Assertion failed ::found==kAAFTrue

File:\coresw\ame\Aaf\AAFEffectUtils. c, Line993”.

You might have received an “Out of Range” error when you tried to modify and then re-create rolling and crawling titles in the timeline in a 720p project.

In PAL projects, the editing application did not allow you to enter a duration when loading fill. This was not an issue with NTSC projects.

Exporting sequences as AAF with automated Audio Pan and clips with no Pan did not play back correctly when imported.


Previous Fixes

You might have seen a “FluidMotion Vector Edit Requires Full Resolution” error if you worked in FluidMotion Vector Edit mode in anything other than full resolution (green mode in the timeline).

VBI was not preserved for any video resolutions other than 1:1 resolution. JFIF 2 field resolutions and MPEG-30, 40 and 50 now preserve VBI.

During capture, some editing applications would restart and display a blue screen. This has been fixed.

In 3 perf film projects, feet and frame values did not display correctly in Trim mode. This has been fixed.

When inserting black, the mark in and mark out marks were not retained from one session to the next. When inserting black, the mark in and mark out marks are now retained within a project.

Exporting some OMF JPEG files displayed in quadrants. This has been fixed.

SDI 8 bit video was being corrected in 10 bit space thus causing tearing on older 8 bit only SDI devices (downstream). This has been fixed.

The editing application did not display the Tape ID as a bin column by default. This has been fixed. The Avid Xpress Pro HD application defaults to Tape Name.

(HD) Video out on Adrenaline was delayed one line from blackburst. This has been fixed. This only occurred when an HD board was installed.

(HD Only) Clients were intermittently losing the incoming video display when capturing. This has been fixed.

Previously, the drive letters selected in the Media Creation Settings dialog did not reflect the correct network mounted drive letters. This has been fixed. The drive letters in the Media Creation settings window now match the drive letters as shown in My Computer.


Previously, a Customer trying to open an old format 3 perf bin in Adrenaline got a CM_NO_SOURCE exception and the bin didn't get converted.

Previously, when connected to an 002, a “Sync Source Not Valid” error appeared and sync did not lock when switching the audio format to 44.1k. An ASIO Hardware error appeared also. This has been fixed.

When importing AVI files into a 24P NTSC project, you may have received repeated frames. This has been fixed.

The Digi 002 did not lock onto sync when changing the Format type to HD format mode. Audio did not play. This has been fixed.

Panasonic P2: Daylight Savings Time was causing a regression in the media/MOB management of P2 cards with the Avid editor. This has been fixed.

The following FilmScribe issues were fixed.

• Previously, master TC appeared in lists even when deselected. • Previously, settings weren't being marked changed when an item was

deselected in the column list, so they weren't being saved. • Previously, locators appeared even when deselected.

Trim failed to halt when using the shift + > keys. Trimming now stops when a trim key is released, similar to stepping with the arrow keys. Now you can hear the audio when holding the Shift key.

FilmScribe constantly reported extra dupes in a dialog box. Now extra dupes are reported in the console window.

Audio waveforms were difficult to see when you added keyframes. Now, the waveform appears in a shade of gray. On dark tracks, a light shade of gray appears; on light tracks, a darker shade of gray. This should result in increased contrast for the majority of track colors.

If you adjusted the Gamma parameter by .001 in 8-bit color correction, it jumped significantly more than it should. This has been fixed.


Previous Fixes

Exporting sequences as AAF with automated Audio Pan and clips with no Pan did not play back correctly when imported. This has been fixed.

(Color Correction) Undo/Redo list was broken in Color Correction mode. This has been fixed.

XDCAM: The system would hang when importing a high resolution IMX clip. This has been fixed.

In PAL projects, the editing application now allows you to enter a duration when loading fill. This was not an issue with NTSC projects.

Additional Information

The following information was not included in previous documentation.

Power Users

If a power user creates a folder in the C:\Avid Mediafiles\MXF folder, and another non power user logs on, launches the Avid editing application and tries to refresh the media directories using the File > Refresh Media Directories menu, the following exception error will occur:

Exception: DISK_ACCESS_DENIED, filename: C:\Avid Mediafiles\MXF\<number>

Exception: SYS_ERROR, status 5, msg: Access is denied This is due to the Microsoft permissions schema at the OS level, since a folder created by a power user cannot be modified/deleted by an administrator (and vice versa.)

To avoid possible folder access and/or permissions issues for power users, make sure that any folders that need to be shared and/or modified by other users are not created by a power user.

Drive Filtering

The default values for Drive filtering have changed with this release. Previously, Media Composer Adrenaline HD, NewsCutter Adrenaline and NewsCutter XP shipped with Filter by Resolution enabled, Filter by System Drive disabled, Filter


media in new projects were being created on the C: drive instead of the shared storage when using the default Media Creation Settings. To fix this, all 3 drive filtering options are active by default.

The Avid Xpress Pro HD, Avid Xpress DV and Avid Free DV default to Filtering off since these products may not have additional drives available, especially those working on laptops.


Any project brought into a networked workflow that was created with any of the filtering selections off might have problems with networked media creation, such as “Audio and/or Video Mixdown” and “SendToPlayback”, because their Media Creation Settings will still be configured for standalone usage.

There are several ways for you to work around this issue. First, adjust the drive filtering settings when switching environments, either by opening the Media Creation Setting and toggling the drive filtering settings or by creating multiple Media Creation Settings and switching the active setting whenever you shift environments. Customers who will always work in an environment that differs from the defaults (like Avid Xpress Pro HD always connected to shared storage) can create a Media Creation Setting that fits their workflow and add it to their Site Settings so new projects are created with the desired defaults.

The default values for Filter by Resolution, Filter by System Drive, and Filter by Launch Drive are now as follows:

Drive Filtering Default Values

Product Filter By Resolution Filter by System Drive Filter by Launch Drive Media Composer


Yes Yes Yes

NewsCutter Adrenaline Yes Yes Yes

NewsCutter XP Yes Yes Yes

Media Station PT Yes Yes Yes

Avid Xpress Pro HD No No No

Avid Xpress DV No No No


New Features for Version 2.1

Command 8 Installer

Previously, Avid users who wanted to add Command|8, needed to launch the complete Pro Tools installer and deselect all options except the Command|8 driver. To make this process easier for Avid users, we have created a standalone

Command|8 installer and added it to the Pro Tools 6.9 installer CD, which ships with the Command|8. Launch the Command|8 installer located at

/Drivers/Command8/Command8 setup.exe.

Crawling Titles

Previously, you might see some artifacts in crawling titles when you created titles using DV 25 411 media. To fix this problem, a console command was added to the editing application. This command allows for additional filtering during the render process to reduce the artifacts. This console command is ON by default. This works for both 8 and 16-bit processing. This may slightly slow down the render process. If you do not need the additional filtering you can turn off the command.

To turn off the extra filtering type: chromaFilt411 false To turn on the extra filtering type:

chromaFilt411 true

This setting stays when the user exits the application. The next time you start the application, the setting will be the value set before you last exited.

New Features for Version 2.1

The following table describes the new features with version 2.1. See the More Info column for a reference to further details on the feature.

New Feature Descriptions

Feature Description More Info

Support for Panasonic P2

The Avid editing application now supports the Panasonic P2 equipment.

See “Using Panasonic DVCPRO P2 Equipment” in the Help.


Support for Sony XDCAM

The Avid editing application now supports the Sony XDCAM equipment.

See “Importing Media from XDCAM Devices” in the Help. 720p/23.976 format

and 1080p/24 format

The Avid editing applications have two new media formats.

See “HD Resolutions” in the Help.

Frame Chase The Frame Chase editing feature lets you view and edit clips during the capture process through Avid Unity TransferManager.

See “Frame Chase” in the Avid Unity MediaManager Help.

Remote Capture and Play

Remote Play and Capture allows you to use an Avid editing application like a videotape recorder (VTR).

See “Remote Play and Capture” in the Help.

Color Correction Split Client monitor

Color Correction Dual Split display appears in the Client monitor.

See “The Client Monitor in Color Correction Mode” in the Help. Capture standard

DV 25 and DV 50 24p

You can now capture DV 25 and DV 50 with standard pulldown.

See “Capturing DV 25 and DV 50 with Standard Pulldown” on page 39.

Advanced Keyframe improvements

The Avid editing application has added a Reverse Keyframe and other improvements.

See “Reverse Keyframe” in the Help.

New Updated 16-bit effects

The Avid editing application has added new 16-bit effects.

See “Additional 16-Bit Effects” on page 39.

New Marquee templates

Avid now supplies new Marquee templates with 16x9 aspect ratio.

See “New Marquee Templates” on page 40

Rolling and Crawling Title default length change

The default for rolling and crawling titles has changed to one minute per page.

Quick Transition Dialog Box

A new option, Skip Existing Transition Effects, has been added to the Quick Transition dialog box.

See “Quick Transition” in the Help.

Disabling Editor Resolutions

The Avid editing application allows you to disable resolutions.

See “Disabling Editor Resolutions” in the Help.

New Feature Descriptions (Continued)


If You Need Help

If You Need Help

If you are having trouble using your editing application:

1. Retry the action, carefully following the instructions given for that task. It is especially important to check each step of your workflow.

2. Check this ReadMe file for the latest information that might have become available after the documentation was published.

3. Check the documentation that came with your Avid application or your hardware for maintenance or hardware-related issues.

4. Visit Avid Online Support at www.avid.com/onlinesupport/. Online support is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Search the Knowledge Base to find answers, to view error messages, to access troubleshooting tips, to download updates, and to read or join online message-board discussions.

5. For Technical Support, please call 800-800-AVID (800-800-2843). For Broadcast On-Air Sites and Call Letter Stations, call

800-NEWSDNG (800-639-7364).

Hardware and Software Requirements

The following section describes the hardware and software requirements. For the most up-to-date information, go to www.avid.com.

Avid DNxcel Board Installation

If you are installing an HD card into the Avid Adrenaline system, follow the Avid

DNxcel Board Installation Instructions provided with the board.

Hardware Setup

For information on setting up the hardware, see the Using the Avid Adrenaline HD CD-ROM provided with your system.


Slot Configurations

For the latest information on HP xw8000 and HP xw8200 slot configurations, see avid.com. The Using the Avid Adrenaline HD CD-ROM information on slot configurations is not up-to-date.

Installing the Software

To install the application software, follow the procedures on the application CD-ROM.


If you install and receive a message “Sentinel Protection Installer- Insert disk 1,” cancel the dialog box. The correct Sentinel driver is installed.

After installing the software, if you try to install a release prior to Media Composer Adrenaline HD 2.0, you must manually uninstall the Media Composer application and the Avid DIO Runtime (with Start > Settings > Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs). Otherwise, the older version you are trying to install does not overwrite properly.


If you use Add/Remove to uninstall, the application entry within the Add/Remove panel lingers for approximately 15 or 20 seconds after the program is uninstalled. The Add/Remove panel will eventually close and you can continue normally. Also, with release 2.0, the location of the Flamethrower.sys file changed. It now resides in Program Files\Common Files\Avid\Supporting Files\WindowXPDrivers. If you reinstall an older version of the editing application, if you receive a Files Needed dialog box opens as you progress through the Found New Hardware Wizard, you must browse to the location of the previous Flamethrower.sys file at the following location and choose to overwrite the file:

Program Files\Avid Media Composer Adrenaline\Supporting Files\WindowXPDrivers


You must install the Avid After Effects EMP Plug-in before you install the Avid Media Composer Adrenaline HD application. If you have already installed the Avid editing application, uninstall it, install EMP and then reinstall the Avid Media Composer Adrenaline HD application.


Avid System Configuration Requirements


The Avid QuickTime Codecs are now selectable for installation on the Avid editing application CD. This makes it easy to bring the CD to another system to install just the codecs if necessary.

Installing Windows Media Format Runtime Libraries

The Avid editing application requires you to have the latest Windows Media® Format runtime libraries that ship with Windows Media Player 10. If you do not have Windows Media Player 10, go to the Installers/WindowsMediaInstall folder on the application CD-ROM, double-click the wmfdist95.exe file, and follow the instructions in the dialog boxes. This installs the proper runtime libraries.


Windows Media export compatibility is subject to Microsoft Windows Media


Installing Avid QuickTime Codecs on a Non-Avid Editor System

The Avid editor automatically installs Avid QuickTime Codecs on your system. However, you can install the Avid QuickTime Codecs (LE) on a system that does not have an Avid editor. This version of the Avid QuickTime Codecs does not include MPEG.

To install the Avid QuickTime Codecs (LE) on a system without an Avid editor: 1. Insert the Avid application CD-ROM.

2. Click Install Products.

3. Click Avid QuickTime Codecs.

Avid System Configuration Requirements

Media Composer Adrenaline HD systems require the following system configuration:

• Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 2. After you install SP2, and you are in an Avid Unity environment, see “Unity Client Configuration Notes” on page 20.

• Minimum 2 GB of RAM.

• NVIDIA Driver 67.22. The NVIDIA driver is located in Program


Qualified Platforms

For the list of qualified and supported platforms, go to www.avid.com/products/composer/adrenalinehd/specs.asp.

Unity Client Configuration Notes

If you install SP2 on an Avid Unity™ client system, make sure to do the following: 1. Launch the Security Center application from Start > Programs > Accessories >

System Tools > Security Center. 2. Click Windows Firewall.

3. In the General tab, make sure Firewall is turned ON.

4. In the Exceptions tab, make sure the Avid Unity Connection Manager is listed in the exceptions list and has a check mark next to it.

5. In the Advanced tab, navigate to the ICMP area and click the Settings button. 6. Make sure “Allow incoming echo requests” has a check mark next to it. 7. In the main Security Center window, click Windows Update. Make sure the

“Turn off Automatic Windows Updates” is selected.

Starting the Application

When you first start the application, a dialog box opens requiring you to update the Adrenaline Baseboard firmware. Select Update. When you restart the Adrenaline and launch the application again, you might receive the dialog to update the HD Board firmware, if applicable. Select Update and follow the prompts. The firmware is then updated, and you should be able to restart and launch the application.

Qualified Graphics Card

Although other graphics cards might work, for full performance, Avid Media Composer Adrenaline HD supports the following graphics cards for full 3D OpenGL compatibility:


Qualified Graphics Card

Although supported, use of the NVIDIA Quadro4 980 XGL may result in performance degradation during tasks such as scratch removal, auto color correction, or general color correction when the safe color warnings are enabled, or using the eyedropper to select colors in Effect Mode.

Single monitor systems with an NVIDIA Quadra 4 980 XGL perform properly. You may see performance degradation like those listed above when running dual monitors with this graphics card.

• NVIDIA QuadroFX 1100, FX 1300, FX1400

Driver versions change frequently. Please go to the online support page at www.avid.com for the current driver version information.

For specific information on which graphics card your system supports, go to: http://www.avid.com/products/composer/adrenalinehd/specs.asp.

For proper operation and performance, some driver settings must be manually changed.


See the following sections for adjustments you might need to make for the NVidia to work properly with your Avid system setup.


Avid does not support using the display driver Clone Mode. Setting the display driver to Clone Mode might cause an access violation.

NVIDIA Card Not Installed

If you do not have an NVIDIA card installed on your system and NVIDIA drivers are installed, a dialog box opens informing you that NVIDIA DLL could not be loaded. You can either click through the dialog boxes and ignore the message, or uninstall the NVIDIA drivers.

To uninstall the NVIDIA driver:

1. Select Start > Settings > Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs. 2. Click NVIDIA Drivers.

3. Click Change/Remove and continue through the dialog boxes.

4. If the problem persists, or the NVIDIA driver was not listed in the Add or Remove Programs window, delete the following file from your system: C:\\WINNT\SYSTEM32\nvoglnt.dll


Setting up the NVIDIA Card

To setup the NVIDIA card, you must make sure you have the correct display driver version, install the display driver if necessary and set the correct display settings.

Checking the NVIDIA Display Driver Version

Prior to setting up the NVIDIA card, check to make sure you have the correct display driver version.

To check the NVIDIA display driver version: 1. Right-click the Desktop and select Properties.

The Display Properties dialog box opens. 2. Click the Settings tab.

3. Click the Advanced button. 4. Click the applicable Quadro tab.

The version number is listed under the Driver Version Information window next to the Description: Display driver.

Installing the NVIDIA Display Driver

If you do not have the 67.22 NVIDIA driver, perform the following. To install the NVIDIA display driver:

1. Double-click Program Files\Avid \ Utilities \nVidia\ 67.22.winxp2K.exe 2. Unzip the NVIDIA file to C:\NVIDIA.

3. Double-click C:\NVIDIA\Winxp(67.22)\Setup.exe file. 4. Follow the on-screen instructions and then restart your system.

After you update your driver, when you start the editing application, make sure the OpenGL setting is set to your NVIDIA Display Card.

1. In the Avid editing application, open a new or existing project. 2. In the Project Window click the Settings tab.

3. Double-click Video Display.


Qualified Graphics Card

Setting Multi-Display Hardware Acceleration

Set the single-display mode and the dualview mode as described in the following procedures if you have two monitors.

If the driver is set to anything other than Single Display mode, the Avid application might drop frames during real-time playback of 3D effects.

To set single-display mode:

1. Right-click the Desktop, and select Properties. The Display Properties dialog box opens. 2. Click the Settings tab.

3. Click the Advanced button. 4. Click the applicable Quadro tab.


Depending on the display driver version you have, the names of the settings might be different.

5. In the pop-up settings window, click Performance and Quality Settings. 6. Click Open GL Settings.

7. From the Multi-Display Hardware Acceleration menu, choose Single-Display Mode.

8. Click Apply and then click OK. To set Dual View mode:

1. Right-click the Desktop, and select Properties. The Display Properties dialog box opens. 2. Click the Settings tab.

3. Click the Advanced button. 4. Click the Quadro tab.

5. In the pop-up settings window, click nVidia Display Mode. 6. Select nView Modes > Dualview.


Adjusting Graphics Controls in the NVIDIA Settings

If you see the video display shift in brightness, contrast, hue, or saturation when you pause and play video, you should adjust the graphics controls in the NVIDIA settings.

To adjust the graphics controls: 1. Exit all applications.

2. Right-click the Desktop, and select Properties. The Display Properties dialog box opens. 3. Click the Settings tab.

4. Click the 1 monitor.

5. In the lower right hand corner, click the Advanced button. 6. Click the applicable Quadro tab.

7. On the left side of the display pane, click the Color Correction setting. 8. In the “Apply Color Changes to” menu, make sure Desktop is selected. 9. Click Restore Defaults.

10. Go back to the “Apply Color Changes to” menu, and select Overlay/VMR 11. Click Restore Defaults

12. Set the brightness slider to 120%. 13. Set the contrast slider to 110%.

14. Click Apply, and then click OK to save the changes. 15. Go back to step 4 repeat the process for the second monitor.

Disabling the NVIDIA Driver Helper Service

The NVIDIA Driver Helper Service is a background program that runs with the NVIDIA Driver installed. This service informs you when an update to the NVIDIA Driver is available. There have been instances where this service causes slow restarts and shutdown with the Avid Adrenaline attached. It also can prevent Adobe Photoshop’s Gamma loader from operating which causes color correction settings not to work properly. If this occurs, you should disable the NVIDIA Driver Helper Service.


Workgroup Support

To disable the NVIDIA Driver Helper Service: 1. Right-click My Computer.

2. Click Manage.

3. Double-click Services and Applications. 4. Double-click Services.

5. Right-click NVidia Display Driver or NVidia Driver Helper Service. 6. Click Properties.

7. Select Startup Type > Disable. 8. Click OK.


Every time you update or reload the driver, this service is enabled again.

Workgroup Support

Avid Unity™ MediaNetwork v3.5.5 is supported with this release along with the following workgroup products:

• Avid Unity MediaManager v4.5.1 • Avid Unity TransferManager v2.9.2 • Avid DMS v2.7.1

• Avid Nearchive v1.7.1

• Avid Unity MediaManager Select Players v2.5.1

QuickTime Support

Avid has tested and approved the use of Apple QuickTime® version 6.5.2

You must install QuickTime from the Apple web site. This is not supplied by Avid. For more information, see “Downloading the QuickTime Standalone Version” on page 54.


Panasonic P2 Support

In your Avid editing application, you can edit directly from a P2 card inserted into a PCMCIA PC card slot in a laptop computer (you cannot use a standard PCMCIA slot, which is an older technology). You can also copy media files from the card to a local media drive or consolidate them to an Avid workgroup. You need to install the correct Panasonic P2 card driver. The version supported for this release is


XDCAM Support

Make sure you are using the correct Sony firmware and driver versions that have been tested with the Avid editing application. The latest XDCAM driver versions that are officially supported for this release are v1.0.0.5 and v1.0.0.6. The firmware version for the XDCAM deck is v1.1.

Configuring PCI Bus with the Avid Adrenaline

The FireWire® interface for the Avid Adrenaline cannot be on the same PCI bus as any storage devices. Depending on your system, your PCI bus configuration can be different. For examples of different configurations, go to

www.avid.com/products/dna/ and select your DNA device and then click specifications.

When you are using an Avid Adrenaline and you want to use 1394 (FireWire) drives, you need a second 1394 OHCI board on a different bus segment in your Avid editing system. See your computer manufacturer’s documentation to identify a PCI bus slot that is on a different bus segment than the 1394 port used for the Avid Adrenaline.

FireWire Cable Requirements

The IEEE 1394 cabling standard requires that 1394 devices be within 14.76 ft. (4.5 m) of the next bus connector. When you connect a 1394 device (drive, camera, or deck), your FireWire cable must not exceed this length. Avid products do not support the use of 1394 repeaters to boost or extend the signal to the device.


Disabling Automatic Software Updates

In addition, Avid does not support any type of cable extender or FireWire hub between the Avid editing system connection and the Avid Adrenaline. If the Avid editing system does not sense a direct connection to the Avid Adrenaline, the Avid editing system enters a non-operating mode.

Disabling Automatic Software Updates

Avid cannot guarantee the compatibility of the Avid editing application with automatic updates of Windows XP or any updates to system software components. You should disable automatic updates.

(Windows) To disable automatic software updates: 1. Do one of the following:

t Select Start > Control Panel, and then double-click System.

t Select Start > Control Panel, and then double-click Performance and Maintenance > System.

2. Click the Automatic Updates tab.

3. Deselect “Keep my computer up to date.” 4. Click OK.

Completing Your System Setup

This check list covers the major steps required to complete your system setup. To finish setting up your system:

1. Read this ReadMe file completely.

2. Make sure your system meets the hardware and software requirements. See “Hardware and Software Requirements” on page 17.

3. See the Using the Adrenaline DNA on the CD-ROM supplied with your Adrenaline hardware, for instructions on connecting cables and devices to your system. Some of the connections allow you to control a video deck, use faders and mixers, and add storage to your system.




Audio is corrupt on the last audio track of a 720p project (for stereo mix - channel 2, for direct out - highest channel enabled).

Workaround: Enable the video track (even if video track has no video) or add

another audio track.

With video, only the last 10 frames of audio will be corrupt when playing in to out or playing to the end of the clip or sequence.

Workaround: Add 10 more frames of audio to the end of the sequence.

Clip Pan: When adding an audio dissolve between two clips with Clip Pan onto a single audio track, the audio dissolve uses the Clip Pan setting on the outgoing source for the duration of the dissolve.

Pan Automation (overrides Clip Pan when applied): When adding an audio dissolve between two clips with Automation Pan onto a single audio track, the audio dissolve interpolates the pan values between the pan key frame value at the beginning of the dissolve and the pan key frame value at the end of the dissolve. Any pan key frame that exists in the middle of the dissolve is ignored.

Workaround: Place the two clips on separate tracks using clip pan, and fade one to

silence and fade the other up from silence.


When attached to a Panasonic AG-DVX100P camera, the editing application might not recognize drop vs. non-drop tape until capture on-the-fly is attempted.

The following error message, "Exception: ADM_DIO_ERROR_OCCURRED, DIOerr:Expected DV50 NTSC but received DV25NTSC” will occur if you attempt to capture DV 25 from a DV 50 source or DV 50 from a DV 25 source.



When you batch capture long clips with a lot of MXF metadata, the following error appears and no media is captured: “Exception: MXFDomain::SaveMetaDataToFile - Failed to save meta data to file.”

This does not occur when you batch capture OMF.

When trying to capture from a Panasonic AJ-SD93P or Panasonic AJ-SD93E, note the following: The Panasonic default for DIF SPEED is set to S400. The Adrenaline expects a DIF SPEED of S100. Therefore capture fails producing scrambled or blocky images.

Workaround: From Panasonic DVCPRO deck's menu, set the menu DIF SPEED

to S100.


Sending to Digidesign Pro Tools: When you export an OMF 2.0 file that links to MXF media, you should first transcode the MXF Media to OMF media. If you have a long sequence containing MXF media, you are not prompted prior to the export process that the export will not be successful. To save time, transcode MXF media to OMF media prior to exporting as OMF 2.0.

Avid DS Nitris®: To share HD or 10-bit media that has been captured with Avid Media Composer Adrenaline HD v2.0.2 or higher, you must use Avid DS Nitris 7.5 QFE3. To access QFE3, go to http://www.softimage.com/avidds and click Download > QFE and other fixes.

When using EDL Manager, delete all old settings files. The main settings file to delete can be found in Program Files/Avid/EDL Manager/Settings. Also, old saved user settings will not function properly. Create new user settings.

Before generating any EDLs, make sure the Project Type menu in the main EDL Manager window is set to the proper project for the EDL being generated. For example, if you are generating an EDL from a 720p/59.94 project, make sure the Project Type menu is set to 720p/59.94 before you generate the EDL.


Digital Cut

A Digital Cut of an HD project may drop the last frames of audio.

Workaround: Add 10 frames of audio to the end of the sequence.

When you perform a digital cut using the Pioneer PRV-LX1 DVD recorder, select Ignore Time in the Digital Cut Tool window.

A video underrun might occur at the start of a digital cut if the Digital Cut tool does not have focus when you click the Play Digital cut button. The Digital Cut window must be active before you click either the Start or Preview button. If an underrun occurs at the very start of the digital cut, you should be able to perform the digital cut without a problem.

During a digital cut to a Panasonic® DVCPro HD® deck using HD-SDI with 720p/59.94 material, several frames of black might be written to tape before the start of the outputted sequence. This end of the sequence might be truncated on tape.

Workaround: Place several seconds of black or color bars at the end of a sequence.

When attached to a Panasonic deck and performing a digital cut to a 720p/23.976 project, the digital cut can be 1 to 2 frames late.

The Digital Cut Tool does not allow certain durations of black to be added to the tail of a sequence. Certain values (including 20 minutes, 30 minutes, 60 minutes, etc.) will reset the clock to zero when applied. If the value you entered resets to zero when applied, adjust the value upwards or downwards until a satisfactory length is determined (at which point the clock will not reset itself and the desired duration will be correctly applied).


Most effects support 16-bit processing. The following lists the effects that do not support 16-bit processing at this time.

• Avid Pan & Zoom • Blur effect


Limitations • Mosaic effect • Paint effect • Region Stabilize • Scratch Removal • Animatte • RGB Keyer • Pan and Scan • Illusion FX • PlasmaWipes • AVX 1.x effects

Whether a particular AVX 2.0 effect supports 16-bit processing is up to the plug-in vendor.


Rendering times are slower when you use 16-bit processing because 16-bit effects have two times the data of classic 8-bit effects.

(Progressive projects only) If a clip contains any of the following effects, you must render the effects before you apply Scratch Removal:

• Timewarp effects

• Any effect that has been promoted to the Advanced Keyframe model

Removing or undoing some timewarp effects might cause audio and video to lose sync.

In the Transition Corner Display mode, two of the six frames display incorrect frames during trim operations initiated from the Timeline.

Workaround: Trim using the trim buttons.

Fluid film 2:3 timewarp effect might render incorrectly when rendering fluid motion type.The effect might flash a crop of left and right edges.


(HD only) Any animated alpha matte over 35 seconds long may fail.

When an Avid FX is applied in an SD 24p progressive project, it can create unwanted aliasing on the resulting clip.


When exporting a QuickTime Reference movie, do not mix DV and non-DV media. If you mix DV and non-DV media, the resulting movie might contain line shifts.

When you export pan automation on an audio clip as AAF, it does not translate in Pro Tools. Pro Tools does not accept varying value pan controls during import.

In the Export dialog box, the default size is not the image size of the opened project.

When you play an exported clip in the Windows Media Player, the sequence stalls in the desktop monitor. The audio plays, the blue bar progresses in the Timeline, and the video/audio output to the client monitor is OK. If the clip that is loaded in Windows Media Player is removed, then the Play operation plays properly in both the desktop and client monitors.

Export Locators export only a .txt file with frame count information, not timecode or Feet and Frames. Import also supports only frame count.

A “Not enough memory is available to complete this operation or

WM_BeginWriting_FAILED” error results from the application running out of available memory (RAM) while you perform the encode. Encoding to a Windows Media Video codec requires a lot of memory. The amount of memory required is directly related to the number of audio and video profile streams, width, height, bit rate, number of passes, VBR/CBR, and quality of the encoded video, as well as the resolution of the source media. If you encode HD media, you might need to reduce the bit rate, turn on 2-pass encoding, turn on VBR, lower the quality, or reduce the frame dimension.



A “WM_FindInputFormat_FAILED” error might appear if the Windows Media exporter cannot find a suitable input format for a video or audio stream contained in the current Windows Media Export Setting's stream profile. For example, using non-standard frame dimensions might result in this error. See Microsoft's Windows Media web site for more detail.


When you import an uncompressed QuickTime file, a PICT image, or a TIFF image, the first 4 or 5 vertical columns of pixels might truncate when you display the file in the Source, Record, or client monitors.

When you batch import a sequence with a graphic animation that was created in a 30i project and then modified in a 720p project, it might not import.

Workaround: Import the graphic and manually edit it back into your sequence.

Avid editing systems cannot import AVI files created on Avid DS Nitris systems. The import fails with an error message that states the file format is not supported for import.


A new item has been added to the Fast menu in the Locators window. “Disable Locator Popup” disables the new locator pop-up window. It is disabled only for the work session. When you restart the Avid application, the locator pop-up menu is enabled.

Panasonic P2

Play performance for a multi-stream sequence will suffer when directly accessing media from the P2 media cards in the AJ-SPX800P camera.

If you power off the P2 card reader while a bin accessing P2 media is open, attempting to load any P2 clip results in a DISK_FILE_NOT_FOUND message in the Source monitor window. The message should read Media Offline.



When the Avid editing application stops streaming play, a number of additional frames are sent to the Avid Adrenaline device in order to keep the client monitor synchronous with the desktop display. The Avid Adrenaline must play out that number of frames after the desktop has stopped playing. To make sure you view the actual last frame, the application then snaps the client monitor back to the frame on the desktop. This might be more apparent when playing HD media.

If you do not see video output to your device, make sure that the appropriate device is selected in the Special > Device menu. If FireWire is selected in the Device menu, make sure Output to Device is selected in the Video Display Settings.

If you experience a flashing monitor when attempting to play using the Japanese version of Windows XP, and your monitor does not appear to be covered by anything, adjust the state of your Language bar by maximizing and minimizing it. This will restore the ability to play.


Do not carry User Profiles from a previous release to this release. Create new user settings. If you do use previous settings, the size of tools and windows might not be as expected, especially tools and windows that have been updated for this release.

In the Open GL Settings tab of the Windows Display Properties dialog box, the Multi-Display hardware acceleration should be set to Single Display mode. The default setting is Multi-Display Performance mode. This is the mode that appears if a new version of the NVIDIA driver is installed. If the setting is anything other than Single Display mode, the Avid application might drop frames during real-time playback of 3D effects.


Rolling and Crawling Titles in 24p and 25p projects may display a “Layout Mismatch” error when in full quality mode.

Workaround: Select another quality mode. The error also goes away if you toggle



When you reedit a Marquee title in the Timeline, you might see artifacts in the video background. This is cosmetic only and is does not appear in the resulting title.

Workaround: If you reedit the title in the bin rather than the Timeline, the artifacts

do not appear.

For projects whose formats are changed to HD, if there are Marquee crawls in sequences, these need to be modified to keep them as Avid DSK titles. Reedit these titles by using the effect editor to bring up Marquee. If when saving to a bin in Marquee you receive a message that the title is animated or that it cannot be saved directly to the timeline, then perform the workaround.

Workaround: Select the crawl text box. Press the “C” toolbar button within

Marquee to cause the crawling text box to extend for the new larger width of the title. Now you should be able to save to the bin or timeline as before and the title will not be animated.

Page Breaks appear on rolling and crawling titles when an HD title is over SD media, or an SD title is over HD media.

Workaround: Recreate the title at the same resolution as the underlying video.

HD titles appear aliased when not in Effect mode.

Some titles you create in HD projects might look aliased (blocky) when you view them at Full Quality in Source/Record mode. To improve the visible quality, render the title or view it in Effect mode.

The application might appear frozen after you edit a Marquee title in the timeline. If you edit a Marquee title that is already part of a sequence in the timeline and then exit Marquee, you might not be able to perform any other operations.

Workaround: Press the Escape key. Use a different user setting to avoid the


Rolling titles created in SD and rendered in HD display 1 line at the top of the matte when rendered.


If you change the size of text, it might yield different kerning results. If you highlight text and change the text properties, the kerning result might be different than if you had changed the text properties in the Parent Text Box. For consistent results, change the text properties in the Parent Text Box.

When you edit large or unrendered SD crawling or rolling titles in an HD project, switch to SD, promote the title to Marquee, save the title in SD, then open the title in HD.

This workaround is not possible for a 720p project, but you can open the 720p bin in a 30i project and modify the title there, as long as there is an SD version of the sequence.

Titles created in 4x3 SD and then re-created in 16x9 (SD or HD) appear to shift to the left. You must manually re-edit the title in 16x9 for correct positioning.

Workaround: In 16x9 mode, load the original 4x3 title in Title Tool. Click on the

Selection tool and select Edit > Select All, then click Object-Group. Click Alignment > Center in Frame Horiz. Save the title to the bin.


Bins containing Titles or graphics with alpha channels created with 10-bit video do not open when shared with an earlier version editing system that does not support 10-bit video.

A “Disk File Already Exists” error might appear on Shared Unity Projects when moving bins to folders. For example, create a project on Unity, create a new bin and leave the default name on the bin, and then create a folder in the project and drag the new bin into the folder, then rename the bin. If you then click the New bin button and leave the default name and then drag that bin to the folder, you receive the error message Disk File Already Exists, even though you changed the name of the first bin in the project.




A file that was checked in to MediaManager using Desktop Check-In can only be checked into the local Avid editing system. Transfers of Desktop Check-In files to remote workgroups are not supported.

If you slip a clip with effects after it has been rendered by an amount more than its length in the timeline, and then try using Send to Playback without rerendering, you will receive the message “CM offset out of range.”

Workaround: Render the sequence before using Send to Playback.

Sequences with rendered Timewarp effects that are checked in and then checked out of MediaManager might have the effects appear as unrendered.

Workaround: Check the sequence out of MediaManager using another Avid

editing system. The Timewarp effects remain rendered.

MXF workgroup only - If you import clips into an editing application bin that were created with an Avid DS Nitris editing system, and then you perform a relink, the clips do not relink to the media on the Avid Unity workspace. The reason relink does not work in this case is because MediaManager now controls relinking of media files instead of using the MDB Manager, and since the Avid DS Nitris does not check media into MediaManager the clips are not relinked to the media.

When you log into MediaManager from an Avid editing system, you might be refused login with the error message “Your TransferManager is in AAF mode and your MediaManager is in OMF mode. This is not correct. See your Administrator.” This problem occurs when the MediaManager and TransferManager servers are in conflicting modes. You can not log in to MediaManager until the administrator resolves this problem. An administrator should reboot the TransferManager server after the MediaManager server has completed its startup processing and is ready to receive logins.

Avid doesn’t recommend using shared projects and shared bins in a managed workgroup. In a managed workgroup the MediaManager provides safer and easier ways of sharing and managing media and metadata. If you move or copy items from


a locked shared bin to another bin, you might get a check in error message. The bin data is not lost, but the check in that accompanies the appearance of the item in the destination bin fails. The next check in, whether manual or automatic, will succeed.

If the name of a shared bin is changed that contains a clip referenced by a sequence in another bin, when you open the sequence and perform a match frame and find bins, you might receive the error message “Bin binname is not in the project” or “Exception: BIN_NOT _FOUND”. This error message might also appear without changing the bin name.

Workaround: To edit with this clip, use the Show Reference clips in the Set Bin

Display dialog box of the bin containing the sequence.

When working in a PAL project and media is offline, you might receive the error message “Exception:MSM:No OFFLINE Media found.” This error should display “Media Offline.”

Rendering Timewarp Effects: If you select the "Use Motion Effect Drive" option when rendering a Timewarp effect, the rendered media will appear offline if the Motion Effect Drive is a local drive.

Workaround: Use the Media Creation Tool, Motion Effects tab to select the drive

to be used as the Motion Effect Drive. Choose a shared Unity drive.

When Relinking in an Avid Unity workgroup environment, only shared-storage media that is checked in to MediaManager is available for relinking.

When trying to open a very large number of files and workspaces, the Media tool may hang. This might happen in Frame and Script modes. Text mode does not display this behavior.

Do not check sequences with MetaSync tracks into MediaManager. You cannot check out sequences that contain MetaSync tracks from MediaManager.

Workaround: Remove the MetaSync track from the sequence before checking the


Additional Information


XDCAM proxy media might not export to a QuickTime reference movie successfully.

Workaround: If you export as a regular QuickTime movie, MPEG 4, or as

Windows Media 9, the export is successful. Or, you can transcode the proxy sequence to DV 25 or MPEG-IMX and then export as QuickTime reference.

Additional Information

The following information is helpful when you work with your Avid system.

Documentation Changes

The following changes were not included in the printed documentation.

Capturing DV 25 and DV 50 with Standard Pulldown

In NTSC 23.976 projects you can now capture DV 25 24p and DV 50 24p material with standard pulldown through a 1394 (FireWire) connection. The connection can be through an Avid Adrenaline device, or a separate 1394 connection. You can edit the material and output it as 24p.


To capture DV material at the DV 50 24p resolution, the connection must be through a separate 1394 port on a different bus than the one being used by the Avid Adrenaline device.

Additional 16-Bit Effects

The following effects now support 16-bit processing. • Dip to Color

• Fade from Color • Fade to Color • All Box Wipes • All Edge Wipes • All Matrix Wipes


• All Sawtooth Wipes • Shape Wipes

New Marquee Templates

Avid now supplies new Marquee templates with 16x9 aspect ratio. The Avid Templates folder in the Templates Library contains several new versions of templates designed for use with 16x9 footage. When a template has both 4x3 and 16x9 versions, the name of the 4x3 version ends in _4x3, while the name of the 16x9 version ends in _16x9.

Digital Cut Tool Changes

The Crash Record option is displayed in red in the Digital Cut tool because this method of digital cut modifies the timecode on the tape. The “Allow assemble and edit for Digital Cut” in the Deck Preferences settings has been changed to “Allow assemble edit and Crash Record for Digital Cut.” If this is not selected, these options do not appear in the Digital Cut tool. The only option that should appear in the Digital Cut tool for FireWire-controlled decks is the Crash Record option.

Effects Changes

The following effects can be promoted to the Advanced Keyframe model: • Blend effects

• Box Wipes • Conceal effects • Edge Wipes • Film effects

• The following Image effects: - Color Effect - Flip - Flip-Flop - Flop - Mask - Resize


Additional Information - Chroma Key - Luma Key - Matte Key • LConceal effects • Motion effects • Peel effects • Push effects • Reformat effects • Spin effects • Squeeze effects • 3D Title effects • Xpress 3D effects

Using PlasmaWipes with HD Projects

This section describes how to add HD versions of the PlasmaWipe effects to your Avid editing system. For information on using PlasmaWipes, see the effects guide or Help for your Avid editing application.

The basic set of PlasmaWipes that are shipped with your Avid editing system include files that are optimized for the following resolutions:

• NTSC resolutions (720x486) • PAL resolutions (720x576)

HD projects require one of the following resolutions for PlasmaWipes: • 1080i and 1080p projects require 1920x1080

• 720p projects require 1280x720

Several examples of each resolution are included in the Goodies folder on your Avid editing application installation CD-ROM. You can install these effects on your system and use them to create custom PlasmaWipe effects for your HD project.


To install the HD versions of the PlasmaWipes effects:

1. Insert the Avid editing application CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive and navigate to the following folder:


2. For 1080i and 1080p projects, copy the contents of the 1920x1080 folder to the following location:

C:\Program Files\Avid\<application>\Supporting Files\ Plasma Wipes\1920x1080\Avid\Custom

3. For 720p projects, copy the contents of the 1280x720 folder to the following location:

C:\Program Files\Avid\<application>\Supporting Files\ Plasma Wipes\1280x720\Avid\Custom

4. Copy the files in the 720x486 folder to the following folder: C:\Program Files\Avid\<application>\Supporting Files\ Plasma Wipes\720x486\Avid\Custom


You must copy the 720x486 files. The 1020x1080 and 1280x720 versions require these files.

5. Restart your Avid editing application and open the Effect Palette. The new HD PlasmaWipe effects appear in the Effect Palette under the PlasmaWipes categories.

To create new HD PlasmaWipes effects:

1. See “Creating PlasmaWipes Effects” in the effects guide or Help. 2. Create a new PlasmaWipe effect file at either 1920x1080 or 1280x720

resolution as described in the documentation. Either copy one of the existing HD PlasmaWipe effect files or create a new file using the proper resolution. 3. Save the effect and store it in the corresponding Custom folder. For example, if

you create a file named MyPlasmaWipe.raw at 1920x1080 resolution, store it in the following folder:

C:\Program Files\Avid\<application>\Supporting Files\ Plasma Wipes\1920x1080\Avid\Custom\MyPlasmaWipe.raw 4. You must also create a 720x486 version of the file and store it in the

corresponding 720x486 folder.


Additional Information

a. Open the HD version of the image in Adobe® Photoshop®. b. Change the Image Size to 720x486.

c. Use File > Save As to save the file to the 720x486 directory. For example:

C:\Program Files\Avid\<application>\Supporting Files\ Plasma Wipes\720x486\Avid\Custom\MyPlasmaWipe.raw

For more information on creating a 720x486 (NTSC) version, see “Creating PAL and NTSC Versions of the Image” in your Avid editing application Help.


The system will not recognize the new PlasmaWipe effect until you create the

corresponding 720x486 version.

Installing Software Drivers

The Avid installation software does not automatically load the software drivers for the USB-to-MIDI software, or the Fibre Channel adapter board. If they are needed, you must install the drivers separately. For information on connecting these devices to your system, see Using the Adrenaline DNA Installation Instructions on the CD-ROM.

Installing USB-to-MIDI Drivers

You need to install USB-to-MIDI software drivers if you use one of the following devices to control audio gain automation on your Avid system:

• JL Cooper FaderMaster Pro™ MIDI automation controller • JL Cooper MCS-3000X MIDI automation controller • Yamaha® 01V or Yamaha 01V/96 digital mixing console

These controllers are referred to as fader controllers. Avid supports the MIDIMAN MIDISPORT™ 2x2 USB-to-MIDI converter to connect the fader controller to your USB hub.

The Using the Adrenaline DNA Installation Instructions on the CD-ROM, describes how to connect a fader controller to your Avid system. This section describes how to install the driver software that recognizes your fader controller.



To reduce traffic on the USB bus, connect the USB-to-MIDI converter only if you need to use the JL Cooper FaderMaster Pro, the JL Cooper MCS-3000X, or the Yamaha 01V or Yamaha 01V/96 fader box.

To install the MIDISPORT 2x2 drivers:

1. Ensure that the MIDISPORT 2x2 USB to MIDI converter is not connected to the system. When you are ready to load the drivers, you will use a USB connector to connect the MIDISPORT 2x2 USB-to-MIDI converter to your computer.

2. Download the latest MIDISPORT 2x2 drivers from the following Web site: www.m-audio.com.

The system downloads a compressed, executable file.

3. Double-click the downloaded file to uncompress the driver files to a floppy disk or to a folder on your system.

4. Double-click the Install.txt file that is included with the downloaded files. This file contains the instructions for loading the drivers.

5. To initiate the driver installation, use a USB connector to connect the

MIDISPORT 2x2 USB-to-MIDI converter to the system. It is not necessary to connect the external fader to the MIDISPORT 2x2 device.

The system automatically detects that a new device has been connected and opens the Found New Hardware Wizard dialog box.

6. Follow the instructions in the Install.txt file.


If you uncompressed the files to a folder on your system, two drivers might appear in the list. You can select either one.

Installing the Fibre Channel Driver

The Avid application doesn’t automatically load the Fibre Channel driver or firmware. The ATTO 2-GB Fibre Channel adapter boards, both optical and copper, use the same driver. An ATTO configuration utility is used to perform firmware updates. The configuration utility, firmware, and driver are placed on the hard drive.


The drivers and firmware for SCSI devices are automatically loaded by the Avid




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